The Daily Prompt today is this – The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?
Some of my fondest childhood memories involved these mystical creatures. There was an untainted enjoyment and a childlike sense of wonder that reality had not yet jaded.
I can certainly remember being horrified when my big brother dashed my illusory beliefs in these magical beings, but I didn’t hold any ill-will towards my parents for “lying” to me about their existence. My childhood was kept childlike because of that continued facade.
I think of how my impressionable years would have been corrupted with reality and my imagination would have been stifled had I known the truth. Believing in those fictitious characters allowed my creativity to plant a seed that continued to grow. Even after I was told these creatures did not exist in physical bodies, the spirit they embrace remains the same.
Would I have wanted to grow up knowing the truth? No way. Those make-believe characters are still as much a part of my heart today as they were when I was a kid. See you at Christmas, Santa!
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